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Miracle tree

A group of volunteers from Tokyo take photographs of the single pine tree left standing after the March 11th tsunami, which swept away an entire forest in the city of Rikuzentakata on March 11, 2012 in Rikuzentakata, Japan. The tree's miraculous survival is seen by the community as a symbol of hope and want to preserve it as a living monument. On the one year anniversary, the areas most affected by last year's March 11, 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that left 15,848 dead and 3,305 missing according to Japan's National Police Agency, continue to struggle. Thousands of people still remain without homes living in temporary dwellings. The Japanese government faces an uphill battle with the need to dispose of rubble as it works to rebuild economies and livelihoods. Across the country people are taking part in ceremonies to pay respects to the people who lost their lives. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

'Miracle tree' removed from tsunami-ravaged city

The tsunami-ravaged city of Rikuzentakata, Japan, cut down the lone pine tree that survived the disaster 18 months ago and came to symbolize hope, but there are plans to keep the preserved tree on display. (Sept. 12)